When discomfort or pain strikes your feet it is uncomfortable to walk, stand or get around. At Foot and Ankle Specialists of NJ our doctor, James Totten, DPM can alleviate painful feet due to many different causes and conditions. Our foot doctor in Newark has been offering both preventative foot care and care that cures already existing foot problems no matter how severe or debilitating they may be. Our podiatry practice specializes in quality foot care for children as well as adults.
While the range of foot and ankle ailments that our foot doctor in Newark treats is extremely wide from Achilles tendon problems, to arthritis, bunions, corns, fractures, diabetic feet, hammertoes, plantar fasciitis and many other, one of the more common complaints involve ankle sprains. Ankle sprains are caused by an unnatural twisting or some other out of the ordinary force on the ankle bones. This twisting causes severe stretching or tearing of one or more of the ligaments on the outside of the ankle. Sprained ankles are usually thought of as not being a big deal but if not treated properly ankle sprains can become extremely painful and be a problem for a long time. Symptoms of sprained ankles include pain following the initial incident, pain when putting pressure on the foot or ankle, swelling of the ankle and bruising.
Treatment for ankle sprains depends on the severity and degree of damage done to the ligaments involved. Our foot doctor in Newark recommends rest, foot elevation and applying ice to reduce swelling for mild sprains. The patient can also use a compression bandage to immobilize and support the ankle until it is healed. For serious sprains, especially among competitive athletes or dancers our doctor may recommend surgery to repair and tighten the damaged ligaments. Maintaining the strength, flexibility and balance in the ankle and foot, as well as wearing shoes that offer the proper support are the best ways to protect the ankle from injuries, such as sprains. If you have pain or discomfort in your feet or ankle please call our office for an appointment.